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eWeek 2002: The Tech Good, Bad and Ugly
eWeek writer Jason Brooks writes that the "most impressive" gains in tech were and other open-source endeavors.
NewsForge Grid computing from Sun - Open Source and proud of it
Robin 'Roblimo' Miller reports on Sun's Open Source GridEngine, writing that "Sun's open source Grid Engine software currently runs over 7000 grids with an average of 47 CPUs per grid, and a steadily increasing percentage of the grids it powers run Linux, according to John Tollefsrud, Sun's Grid marketing manager."
c|net How open is the new [MS} Office?
Joe Wilcox writes, "Microsoft says it's opening its Office desktop software by adding support for XML--a move that should help companies free up access to shared information. But there's a catch: It has yet to disclose the underlying XML dialect." A useful and interesting assessment.
The Register Scott McNealy on: Sun's secret weapon and its biggest mistake (not you, Apple)
Andrew Orlowski spends an hour with Scott McNealy of Sun. This is his trenchant account.
c|net Sony dumps Microsoft for StarOffice
Staff writer David Becker reports on Sony's switch to StarOffice. Why the switch? because it is much cheaper and perfectly interoperable with Microsoft Office. StarOffice is Sun's proprietary derivation of
The Register Wanted: ISPs to flog StarOffice
ComputerWire reports that " Sun Microsystems Inc is in talks with some of the major internet service providers regarding possible tie-up agreements through which the ISPs will distribute and offer services around Sun's StarOffice productivity office software suite."
The Inquirer Open Office for Windows
Mike Magee reviews 1.0 and likes it.
ZDNet UK Tech Update gives MS Office a run for no money
Jack Wallen, Jr., writes that: "The office suite has come a long way -- so much so that it's now a viable alternative to MS Office. See how this open source application fares against the Goliath." Useful reading.
c|net Group tackles OpenOffice desktop spec
Margaret Kane of c|net writes that "A group of companies working on Web services specifications is calling for a new standard to handle desktop application documents." Worth reading.
LinuxWorld (Australia) OpenOffice, OASIS aim to create office standard
Matt Berger, of IDG News Service, reports further on the Oasis effort "develop a standard file format that would allow office documents such as spreadsheets and word processing files to be opened by applications from different vendors."
Newsforge as a 2-year-old: Still aiming to catch MS Office
Grant Gross interviews Marketing Co-Lead Sam Hiser for Newsforge. A useful, informative interview. Worth reading.
Linux Journal Project Update
Sam Hiser, Co-Lead of the Marketing Project, provides an update on the Project. Worth saving. Pavlicek on The Open Source: Switching Offices
Contributing InfoWorld editor Russell Pavlicek weighs in on the reason to switch Offices. Worth reading.
NewsFactor The Case for OpenOffice[.org]
Lisa Gill presents a compelling case for Worth reading.
Business 2.0 Linux for the Rest of Us
Eric Schonfeld boldly writes that: "With the long-awaited emergence of dirt-cheap new applications, the desktop alternative to Microsoft finally has emerged." is prominently mentioned. Case examples, cost analyses presented. Worth reading.
Guardian Unlimited Knowledge is power
Ben Hammersely writes incisively on what has made successful. Worth reading.
The Age The OpenOffice Experiment
Insightful and topical, this article by Lisa Gill of NewsFactor addresses the opportunities now being presented to enterprise companies. The lead of the article: "What is most likely, Yankee Group senior analyst Laura DiDio said, is that companies disgruntled with Microsoft and willing to test alternative waters will install open software alongside Windows products."
The Age releases beta for Mac OS X
From Australia, an article on the release of the Mac OS X port and 643, the developer port.
eWeek Linux Is Ready to Roll, With or Without [MS] Office
Peter Coffee writes on Linux' suitability--and that it is ready for all users. "The bargain-priced applications available today for Linux are more than enough to get the job done--and it's time for those who pay the bills to say so."
eWeek OpenOffice Releases New Developer Version
Peter Galli reports on the new developer releases.
c|net A Mortal Microsoft. Open source: Rebels at the gate
In the first of a series of articles examining the state of Microsoft today, Mike Ricciuti analyzes the threat to MS posed by Open Source technologies, including Worth reading.
O'Reilly Network OpenOffice/NeoOffice on Mac OS X
Tim O'Reilly sends his weblog from the Mac OS X conference session where Ed Peterlin presented the results of the Mac OS X porting team's work.
Newsfactor What's New on the Open Source Front?
An informed and intelligent analysis by Masha Zager of Open Source efforts, touching on, among other projects. Worth reading.
Newsfactor The State of Linux in 2002
Masha Zager intelligently analyzes the state of Linux today and its character in light of the push by large companies to capitalize on Linux. Worth reading.
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Sun Ready to Push Linux as Alternative to Microsoft
John Markoff reports on Sun's efforts to position Open Source technologies, among them Linux and StarOffice (which uses the same code base as, as alternatives to Microsoft's products.
International and Herald Tribune IT managers cite security and competition when choosing a Linux system
In a special article to the IHT, Nick Selby reports on the factors influencing IT managers' choice for Linux. Among those cited, Martijn Dekkers, chief enterprise architect for the prime minister's office in Malta.
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An Alternative to Microsoft Gains Support in High Places
Steve Lohr writes on how governments throughout the world are increasingly turning to Open Source software.
NewsForge Commentary: Making the file format the standard
Ryan Leduc persuasively argues that "The first step in breaking the Microsoft Office monopoly is to replace the Office file formats as the de facto file interchange standard.
Seattle Times Q&A: No standing in shadows for Sun Microsystems chief
The Seattle Times' Brier Dudley interviews Sun's CEO Scott McNealy, and it's worth reading. Insight on Sun's Open Source strategy, among other things.
c|net Verizon switches programmers to Linux [and]
As Stephen Shankland writes from San Francisco, "The company [Verizon] cut costs by replacing programmers' Unix and Windows workstations with Linux systems that run OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office, said George Hughes, a Verizon executive overseeing the work. The average desktop cost dropped from $20,000 to $3,000 per developer, he said in a talk at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo."
ZDNet: TechUpdate Sun readies open source desktop
Columnist Dan Farber analyzes Sun's plans for Linux and the desktop as revealed by Scott McNealy's keynote speech at Linux World Expo. Interesting article; insightful.
NewsForge LinuxWorld diary, part two: not for the fun of it
Roblimo continues his wry and trenchant account of this years more sober but more trafficked LWE.
The Register Sun Makes Licensing Peace Offering to
Reporter Justin Clift writes on's new license structure.
NewsForge LinuxWorld diary part one
Robin (Roblimo) Miller writes on LWE's first full day; interesting and worth reading.
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Microsoft and Free Software at the Same Show? It's True
John Markoff discusses the upcoming Linux World Expo and writes on the peculiar presence of Microsoft at the show. Worth reading.
c|net Open source's new weapon: The law?
Michael Kanellos and Stephen Shankland write that: "Open-source software advocates will unfurl a legislative proposal next week to prohibit the state of California from buying software from Microsoft or any other company that doesn't open its source code and licensing policies."
PC Magazine OpenOffice Appears Dept.
As the much-respected columnist John C. Dvorak writes, "Much of the recent buzz among computer users has been around the release of the all-free office suite 1.0, available for download at This open-source spin-off of Sun's StarOffice might become the biggest threat yet to the Microsoft Office suite monopoly."
MSNBC An alternative to Microsoft Office
In a very positive article, AP journalist Matthew Fordahl reviews 1.0 and finds it "sleek" and a real threat to Microsoft Office. Worth reading.
c|net Sun muddies StarOffice plans for OS X
Writer Joe Wilcox reports on the misunderstanding regarding Sun's statements about the possibility of a Mac OS X build of Star Office.
NewsForge Why StarOffice for Mac is Important to Linux
Robin "Roblimo" Miller writes compellingly on the important relation between the Mac OS X port of and Linux. Quote: "The Mac OpenOffice release is also a great opportunity for corporate IT managers to test the idea of using a truly cross-platform office suite without investing in license purchases."
MacCentral No StarOffice planned for Mac OS X
John Dalrymple writes on the port for Mac OS X. Front page on MacCentral, the article provides a just account.
Reuters: Technology Microsoft Shifts Licensing Plan
Reed Stevenson writes on Microsoft's new licensing plan (pay for your life with Office). He also points out that as a result, Linux and other open-source software (which is free) is more and more popular.
Newsfactor OpenOffice Gets Its Story Straight
Masha Zager, provides an insightful and accurate account of reportage on the new Mac OS X port.
Newsfactor OpenOffice for Mac OS X Goes Alpha
An excellent article and summary by Masha Zager on the newly released port to Mac OS X.
The Register OpenOffice bats for the Mac
Andrew Orlowski reports on the latest port of for Mac OS X. As he phrases it, "[the port] prints and saves, so there's been much progress since a very rough cut appeared early this year."
eWeek Red Hat Shows a More Limber Linux
Jason Brooks writes on the new, improved RedHat 8 (still in testing) which will include
c|Net Real takes the open-source route
As Jim Hu writes, " RealNetworks on Monday unveiled a new open-source version of its streaming media technology that supports multiple file formats for audio and video, including those that use Microsoft's Windows Media technology."
Penguinista News EU White Paper On Open Source and Asian Development
In a strong white paper, the EU AsiaITC presents the case for "the use and distribution of Free Open Software as a valid and necessary official development aid [ODA] tool in developing countries. Its benefits are manifold and it may be the only option available for developing countries not to miss the 'information technology (IT) revolution,' without infringing copyright laws." Although the author confuses Open Source with GNU, the paper is still quite important.
The Register EU calls for open source e-government
2002-07-08 reveals that in a "report published by the European Commission is encouraging EU governments to share open source software resources as a way to cut down on e-government costs."
NewsForge seeks P2P technology to help with distribution
2002-06-17 (posted 07-03)
Anne Zieger writes on's consideration of using p2p technology, including that of
The Register MS security patch EULA gives Billg admin privileges on your box
Characteristically trenchant and sarcastic, the Reg sheds light on what Microsoft would rather were kept dark.
O'Reilly Network The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors
Tim O'Reilly writes incisively on the state of Open Source vendors. There are some sterling successes, but as O'Reilly writes, "Open source is ultimately about empowering users, not vendors."
The New York Times
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The Office Software That Roared
David Pogue, the Times' chief technology columnist, writes a brilliant article extolling mentioning just why it poses such a threat to Microsoft's Office. As he puts it, "The world waited for a contender that was so compelling, people might actually consider filing for Microsoft divorce. Now there is one. It's called OpenOffice, and it has a killer feature: it's free." A must read.
LinuxToday PR: Ximian To Bundle StarOffice 6.0 with Desktop Offerings
"Ximian, Inc. today announced it will bundle the Sun StarOffice 6.0 productivity suite across a range of its desktop and software management products and services for Linux."
Slashdot Danese Cooper (of Sun) Finally Answers
2002-05-09 (posted 6-20)
Danese Cooper, Sun's Open Source Diva, answers questions posed to her by the Slashdot community. Worth reading.
BBCNews IBM signs Linux deal with Germany
Yet another blow to the hegemon: "IBM announced it will offer German Government offices deep discounts on computer systems based on Linux, rather than Microsoft's near-ubiquitous Windows operating system."
The New York Times Sun Takes On Microsoft's Office Software (Requires free registration)
Laurie J. Flynn reports on Sun's StarOffice release and on the chances of Sun's strategy. Given Microsoft's new licensing scheme, the timing of Sun's release of StarOffice is quite good; especially in places such as Europe, where "resistance [to Microsoft's licensing strategy] is especially strong."
Computerworld IT Buyers Can Cash in - to a Point
Dan Gillmor examines the state of the IT industry and thinks that it actually augurs well for IT managers; he then suggests now is the time to consider the "increasingly interesting" StarOffice. Sun Micro Targets Top Microsoft Product With Office Program
Describing StarOffice as a "latest attack" by the beleaguered company, Bloomberg writer Dan Goodin portrays Sun as deploying StarOffice as infantry in a war against Microsoft.
ZDNet: Tech Update Considering
Writes Dan Farber: "A few weeks ago I joined the free software camp, replacing my trusty and mostly reliable, Microsoft Office with the 1.0 release of By free, I mean is an open source, zero-cost replacement for Microsoft Office with a comparable feature set. My verdict so far: rates a 7 on a scale of 10 from the perspective of an individual user untethered from corporate manacles."
ZDNet: Tech Update people's StarOffice
An excellent article by Todd Volz that briefly touches on the history of the project, it's constituent projects and on the software itself, what it does, how it differs from StarOffice 6.0, and what its promise is.
Computerworld New Zealand All eyes on Linux: Microsoft absent as free OS dominates show [Link unavailable]
An examination of the strong open-source realities and possibilities represented in the recent Auckland, NZ, Computerworld Expo.
InfoWorld Opening the desktop
A characteristically excellent analysis of the current state of Open Source, in this case, of the real possibilities of the open-source desktop.
The Washington Post The Office Suite That Lets You See Past Redmond
As columnist Rob Pegoraro writes, " 1.0 arrived, and Microsoft Office's long winning streak may finally screech to a halt. OpenOffice is what many computer users have been waiting and wishing for: It's free, open-source, Office-compatible and cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Solaris, with a Mac OS X version in early development)."
Tandem A free alternative to Microsoft: The New 1.0 has finally been released to public
"The good news.... After a lengthy wait, one of the best alternatives to proprietary formats,, is finally reaching maturity. Some weeks ago, in fact, the community released version 1.0 of the well-known open-source suite."
Slashdot Danese Cooper (of Sun) Finally Answers
Danese Cooper, Sun's Open Source manager, answers questions posed to her from the Slashdot community. Very interesting reading.
ZDNet News Free office suite heads to the Mac
Matthew Broersma (of ZDNet UK) writes, ", the open-source office suite project, has reached a milestone in porting the software to Mac OS X with an early release for Mac developers."
eWeek Serious Suite Alternative
"...Enter 1.0, which became available for download last week. OOo, as it has become known--is a freely available, open-source office productivity suite that delivers enough functionality and Office file format compatibility to make it a compelling replacement for the Microsoft suite and a good option for Linux and Solaris users."
News from the press release.
ZDNet UK Free office suite reaches milestone release
" developers have put the finishing touches on their productivity suite, which provides users and businesses with an alternative to Microsoft's Office suite. The free OpenOffice uses the same code base as the StarOffice software for which Sun Microsystems charges a fee."
ZDNet News Free OpenOffice picks up from StarOffice
"[C]ongratulations[...,] people. We'll download it as soon as we can get in." The article is interesting, and examines the nuances of the nature of 1.0.
Computerworld Gartner: Microsoft licensing could push users to StarOffice
2002 May 01
Patrick Thebodeau reports on the prestigious and Gartner report which opines that, "End-user unrest over Microsoft Corp.'s enterprise licensing plan may prompt some companies to move from Microsoft Office suite to rival Sun Microsystems Inc.'s personal productivity suite, StarOffice, predicts Gartner Group Inc. "
Computerworld releases Version 1.0 of its free office suite
2002 May 01
As Todd Weiss writes, "After 18 months of development, Version 1.0 of the open-source productivity suite was released today for free download."
bityard OpenOffice 1.0 Unleashed against MS Office
2002 May 01
"Amid the dominance found in the office productivity sector, Sun Microsystems through it project has released the first version of a community based effort to unseat Microsoft’s massive stranglehold." OpenOffice 1.0 available for free download
2002 May 01
Featuring commentary by's own Zaheda Bhorat and Sam Hiser. OpenOffice 1.0 available for free download
2002 May 01
"A free version of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice business productivity suite is now available for download from, an open-source developer community sponsored by Sun."
Flora Community announces 1.0: Free office productivity
2002 May 01
"Global Community builds full-featured office suite with revolutionary momentum." OpenOffice 1.0
"OpenOffice has reached the 1.0 release, meaning it's stable and ready for prime-time. "
c|Net Sun's OpenOffice open for business
"Sun Microsystems and its open-source allies have released version 1.0 of OpenOffice, a free version of Sun's StarOffice desktop software and a competitor to Microsoft Office."
WinInfo Free Office Suite Now Shipping
"The community has finally unleashed the long-awaited initial release of 1.0, a full-featured, free Microsoft Office alternative."
Slashdot Team Releases Version 1.0
2002 May 01
Slashdot congratulates and there are many, many responses.
The Register OpenOffice suite goes 1.0
2002 May 01
"[C]ongratulations[...,] people. We'll download it as soon as we can get in." The article is interesting, and examines the nuances of the nature of 1.0.
OregonLive Microsoft puts the squeeze on NW schools
2002 April 25
Microsoft exists to make money. Any doubts? Then read this article.
NewsForge Klez and OpenOffice should both spur Linux use
2002 April 22
Reasons to use Linux and abound. But as Robin Miller points out, a compelling reason is: viruses. If M$ can think of Linux and GPL as a pox on capitalism, we can think of M$ as a vector to truly destructive viruses.
The Register Gates: GPL will eat your economy, but BSD's cool
2002 April 22
Surprise! As John Lettice figures it, Bill G is paranoid! Seriously, Bill's opposition to Linux and GPL is legendary; and his recent performance in front of Congress a deeply unsettling vision of how Microsoft sees the world. Feds might use Microsoft product for online ID
2002 April 15
Brier Dudley reports on how the federal government "might use Microsoft's Passport technology to verify the online identity of America's citizens, federal employees and businesses, according to the White House technology czar."
c|net The Microsoft penalty that isn't
2002 April 15
Bruce Perens writes that, "In its antitrust settlement with the Justice Department and nine states, Microsoft promised to publish technology that would allow competing products to interoperate with Windows. But Microsoft has sidestepped the penalty by crafting a technology license that excludes the company's only viable competitor."
Star Weekend Magazine How Microsoft will Kill Bangladesh
2002 March 22
In a compelling article, Zeeshan Hasan analyzes the situation facing Bangladesh in regards to Microsoft.
Consulting Times StarOffice Rolls Out Its Business Model
2002 April 03
Stephen E. Harris, Publisher, ConsultingTimes, discusses Sun's Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager of desktop and office productivity at Sun. A must read.
ZDNet.UK Eric Raymond: Why open source will rule
2002 April 02
Matthew Broersma interviews noted Open Source theorists and polemicist on his favorite subject. Fine quote on Councils want an Office alternative
2002 March 22
Sarah Arnott writes that "UK councils are talking to Microsoft's rivals about developing a genuine open-source alternative to MS-Office." Councils want an Office alternative
2002 March 22
Sarah Arnott writes that "UK councils are talking to Microsoft's rivals about developing a genuine open-source alternative to MS-Office."
Sun Microsystems, Inc. A Closer Look at Linux: Sun's Open Source Strategy
2002 March 22
As detailed in this press release, "Sun vice president and general manager, Anil Gadre, joined with Stephen DeWitt, vice president and general manager of Content Delivery and Edge Computing at Sun Microsystems," speak on Sun's Open Source strategy.
Customer and Partner Feedback Drives Increased Services and Support Low Cost Payment Model to be Introduced

2002 March 21
In this press release, Sun briefly explains its policy regarding StarOffice and
c|net Commentary: StarOffice is now more viable
2002 March 21
Michael Silver, Gartner analyst, argues that StarOffice "yet may [...] pose the greatest threat to Microsoft Office."
ZDNetUK MandrakeSoft adds office software to Linux
2002 March 20
As Matthew Broersma writes, the French Linux distributor adds to its latest release.
LinuxWorld (Australia) StarOffice goes commercial, and stays open-source
2002 March 20
Tom Krazit, IDG News Service, writes on Sun's plans for StarOffice and, and says nice things about
The Register Would you pay $5 to rescue Mandrake?
2002 March 12
Mandrake calls on the Open Source community for help. Thomas Greene writes on what one can do to help this fine, community-oriented Open Source company survive.
The Register Cost the key factor in pushing business to open source
2002 March 12
John Lettice reports on a survey of business leaders and their views on Open Source.
LinuxPlanet The StartX Files: Between the Sheets Roundup
2002 March 01
Briann Proffitt continues his very favorable comparison of Linux desktop applications. Guess which app comes out ahead?
The Register UK Gov deal opens up 2m desktops to MS rivals
2002 March 01
Be proud if your British: According to John Lettice, "The UK Government's Office of Government Commerce has struck a "ground-breaking" three-cornered deal covering the use of desktop productivity software in Government departments." This deal allows the government to obtain StarOffice--in vast quantities.
The Register PHP flaws pose hacker risk
2002 February 28
John Leyden reports that "Flaws in the popular open source scripting language PHP could allow crackers to execute arbitrary code on a victim's system or crash a Web server, security clearing house CERT has warned."
The Register Sun to charge for StarOffice (Linux and Windows)
2002 February 25
John Leyden writes on the report by Heise Online that Sun will charge for the Windows and Linux but not Solaris versions of its proprietary StarOffice. will of course remain free--as in beer and as in speech. The Open Source: Column
2002 February 20
Columnist Russel Pavlicek analyzes the tension between Sun's Netbeans and IBM's Eclipse. An excellent account of Open Source.
The Register Danish local govt. rebels against MS license terms
2002 February 19
As John Leyden reports, the Danish government is seriously considering Open Source alternatives to Microsoft software because of the Redmond company's pricing scheme.
The Register Report favours open source, Windows mix for Bundestag
2002 February 13
John Lettice reports on the latest developments regarding Open Source in one of Europe's most interesting parliaments, the Bundestag. Microsoft stops new work to fix bugs
2002 February 04
As William Jackson reports, Microsoft has stopped work on its software to finally get rid of all its bugs. Open Source on the Business Desktop
2002 February 08
In Part 3, Adam Wiggins examines the desktop offerings for Linux users. And guess what program is the "critical application" for Linux users?
c|net Linux-loving McNealy dons penguin outfit
2002 February 08
As Stephen Shankland writes from San Francisco, "In a move to erase doubts about the sincerity of Sun Microsystems' move to embrace the Linux operating system, Chief Executive Scott McNealy took the stage Thursday wearing a penguin suit."
The Register MS chief lashes out at German Free Software petition
2002 February 07
John Lettice writes on Microsoft's reactionary politics regarding Open Source in Germany.
The Register Stallman issues Porto Alegre clarification
2002 February 07
Intrepid Register reporter in the US Andrew Orlowski reports on Stallman's clarification regarding his seemingly harsh words regarding GNOME. (He was quoted out of context.) Of interest because it signals the travails of mapping Open Source/Free Software to business.
ZDNet News Q&A: Red Hat CEO says Linux won't rule desktop
2002 February 04
In an interview with Matthew Broersma, "Red Hat Chairman Bob Young explains why converting Unix customers is easy; why open source will win the day on the Internet; and why Linux will never replace Windows on the desktop." Controversy brews in Linux camp
2002 February 04
James Middleton reports on the controversy surrounding "'s article on the higher number of vulnerabilities found in Linux last year as opposed to Windows."
c|net The week in review: Penguin power
2002 February 03
Steven Musil reports on last week's LinuxWorld Expo in New York, where had one of the more interesting exhibits.
The Register   US mulls Linux for world's biggest computer
2002 January 27
As The Register's US reporter Andrew Orlowski reports from NY LinuxWorld, Linux may be the operating system of choice for the vast new computer ("Purple") being planned. Size of computer? not more than half an acre.
c|net Ximian changes open-source license
2002 January 27
Ximian's Open Source license has gotten less restrictive, Stephen Shankland reports.
CIO   The Meter is Running
2002 January 15
Scott Berinato writes on how CIOs are balking at Microsoft's 2001 licensing scheme.
c|net StarOffice 6.0 Beta (Review)
2002 January 25
Gregg Keizer reviews the latest software offering from Sun and ignores
The Business Times (Singapore)   Civil service eyes non-Microsoft software
2002 January 21
Tang Weng Fai reports on the possible move by the Singapore civil service to StarOffice.
The Register   Who wins if AOL swallows RedHat?
2002 January 21
Andrew Orlowski trenchantly analyzes the possible merger between behemoth AOL/Time Warner and RedHat.
The Register   Borland CEO recants, rallies nation
2002 January 16
In an update to the story below ("Borland demands users pay for license audit"), Andrew Orlowsky reports that Dale Fuller has apologized for the language and stricken it as a mistake.
The Register   Borland demands users pay for license audit
2002 January 14
As Andrew Orlowsky reports, "Borland reserves the right, for one year after the license expires, to enter your home and access your system and accounts to perform an audit." What next?
The Register   Settlement terms nixed by Judge
2002 January 11
Andrew Orlowsky reports on the nixing of Microsoft's wish to absolve itself by supplying its products free to young children in school. As the presiding judge described the terms of the agreement, "Microsoft's $1.1 billion giveaway of computers software to US schools would constitute 'court-approved predatory pricing,'if approved, said Judge Motz."
The Register   UK fails to make the most of open source
2002 January 11
John Leyden writes that "UK firms are failing to exploit open source software as much as they might because of uncertainty about its business benefits."
UKGovTalk   Analysis of the Impact of Open Source Software
2002 January 02
This paper examines how the OSS movement could impact the UK Government's policy towards the worldwide market in software infrastructure and software applications.

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